Archive for February, 2016

February 26, 2016

#107) Why Marilyn Manson matters to the presidential race

Mitt Romney has come out of the woodwork with some dirt about Donald Trump’s taxes and I think I speak for those of all political leanings when I say, “Yaaaaawwnn.”

The fact that taxes proved the undoing of Al Capone notwithstanding, does Romney or anyone else really think that THIS will stop Trump? Haven’t we figured out by now that Republican tongue-clucking and Democrat Hitler comparisons only fuel the Trump juggernaut?

Clutch your pearls at his latest outrageous soundbite; Trump and his supporters will laugh you all the way to the fainting couch. Lecture ‘Murca all you want; they’ll just make a drinking game out of the number of times you say the words “hateful rhetoric.” Sure, many Trump fans are incorrigible rednecks who like hearing what they themselves are afraid to say, but not all of his voter base wears the white sheet. The best way to reach those behind enemy lines is to understand exactly how they came to back The Donald. It is in that spirit that I present  Marilyn Manson.

A friend of mine who grew up in a suburban Ohio community commented that the area is so white-bread, middle-of-the-road and cookie cutter that he understood how someone like Marilyn Manson could germinate from there. As Manson himself said, his Christian education made him fall in love with “what [I] wasn’t supposed to do.” The allure of the forbidden is powerful and it doesn’t get much more forbidden than Trump, whether you are a liberal or an establishment Republican.

Just as Marilyn Manson spoke to people who felt trapped by the sterility of the Lower Midwest, many see Trump as an alternative to an out of touch political machine and a hypersensitive social climate. In an article entitled “I am a socially liberal, millennial immigrant-and here’s why Donald Trump has my vote” author Eugene Spektor writes, “[M]y interests [are] no longer represented by either party…I am part of a generation that is facing stagnant salaries, rising debts and government programs that may not sustain us. I want a president with the business acumen to rectify these issues.” As an “immigrant who legally immigrated to this country”, Spektor believes that illegal immigration “has an unfair effect on legal immigration and the pursuit of the American dream.” A.J. Delgado writes in this article for Breitbart, “We have politicians who will throw us meaningless bones, corny platitudes…[a]t the end of the day, all do…the bidding of Big Business rather than ours.” On Trump’s political incorrectness, she says, “Where you see a lack of filter, I see transparency…Do we wish to be led by a politician who waits to see how the polls emerge on a subject before issuing an opinion?”

Even those who have concerns about Trump’s qualifications can see his appeal. In this piece for the Blaze, military wife and mother of eight Kimberly Fletcher expresses doubt about voting for Trump but also writes, “I love how Donald Trump puts the media in their place….I am so fed up with the media’s holier than thou attitude, shoving their agenda down my throat and flooding the airways with useless nonsense.”

It may all be academic at this point; the Trump train has long since left the station and Romney’s tax “bombshell” won’t stop it. People had their reasons for listening to “Some children died the other day, we fed machines and then we prayed, puked up and down in morbid faith, you should’ve seen the ratings that day“; they have their reasons for supporting a candidate who declared that he could “shoot someone and not lose voters.” Who knows; in keeping with his sense of showmanship and love of shock value, Trump may even pick Manson as his running mate.